The season ends and we all pack up and go home and sit and wait for the next season, right? If you are a Dollywood guest, yes. But, if you work at Dollywood, there’s a good chance you’ll be working pretty hard during the off-season to get ready for opening day for the brand new year.
In addition to the obvious task of taking down all the Christmas décor and replacing it with Festival of Nations fixtures, there’s a WHOLE LOT of smaller projects that need attention in the 72-day window Dollywood is closed.
I glanced at the list our maintenance and construction teams will tackle in the coming weeks. It’s a doozy. Here’s a recap of the bigger to-do’s:
Pave/upgrade walkways in 15% of the park
While 15% of park buildings will receive a full repaint, everything else waist high and below will be repainted (it takes 30,000 gallons of paint across all Dollywood properties to do the job)
Replace about five miles worth of lumber
Replace or re-paint about 10% of park signage
Complete at least one requested item in every work location
Replace the roof of at least four buildings
Upgrade and refresh Rivertown Junction—specifically, Aunt Granny’s Buffet, White Water Nature Shop, and Rivertown Trading
Create new seating area for food in Rivertown Junction
Replace all exterior lighting on Showstreet
Build The Plaza at Wilderness Pass
Complete more than 400 smaller punch list items
It takes several teams of people working seven days a week to check off this list. It’s the projects like this that keep Dollywood in tip-top condition. While you may not notice all the upgrades, we hope you do know our hosts work very hard to ensure Dollywood is a place you’ll love to visit year after year.
Come see what’s new starting March 17! (March 16 if you’re a Season Passholder)